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I am Associate Professor of History at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. I grew up in Rimini, in northern Italy, and I graduated in Political Science at the Università degli Studi di Bologna. During my undergraduate years, I had my first exposures to British and North-American academia as an exchange student at University of Sussex in Brighton and York University in Toronto. Little did I know that one day I would look back at those first carefree overseas experiences as the prologue of a migrant life. A few years later I completed my doctorate at Temple University in Philadelphia. While writing my dissertation I taught at Rowan University and Dickinson College, and upon graduation I accepted a position Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, where I taught until 2016 when I moved to the UAE. Fourteen years after landing in Kuwait, the Gulf has become home. As of today, I have spent more years of my life abroad than in Italy. My personal experience probably explains my fascination with travelers, migrants, and diasporas.

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